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2011-04-01 15:34:00

HAMPTON, Va., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The smallpox epidemic of 1721 held fear and promise for Boston's physicians and theologians. Was inoculation a health risk, a gift from God or an interruption in the divine plan? (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Tuesday, April 5, at NASA's Langley Research Center here, historian Tony Williams will present "The Pox and the Covenant: The Curious History of Science and Religion in Colonial America," at 2...

2009-10-02 16:37:00

HAMPTON, Va., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It was the tempest after the tea party and one of the lesser-known events that shaped the beginning of the American Revolution. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Tuesday, Oct. 6, NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., hosts historian and author, Tony Williams, who will discuss his book, "Hurricane of Independence: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American...

2009-04-08 13:51:00

Defensive tackle Tank Johnson has signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. Last season, the five-year NFL veteran struggled when he was made a nose tackle in the Dallas Cowboys' 3-4 defensive scheme and was not re-signed. In 16 games last season in a backup role he made 22 tackles with one sack. In the 3-4, nose tackle wasn't really his thing, Bengals' defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer told The Cincinnati Enquirer. Playing in a three technique gives him greater flexibility to...

2009-02-16 18:25:44

Scottish singer Gerry Rafferty has been missing since vanishing in August from a hospital where he was being treated for liver failure, his friends said. The Daily Telegraph reported Monday that the 61-year-old recording artist has been battling an addiction to alcohol and was admitted to St. Thomas' Hospital in London last year after he was kicked out of the city's Westbury Hotel. He left the hospital on his own and has been out of touch with his friends, the report said. The newspaper said...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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